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11 December 2009 @ 12:16 pm
a few extra weeks…  

I need a few extra weeks in the next couple months. I mean, really, is that so much to ask for? It’s just that the window for applying for government grants for artist living expenses closes on January 21, and there are at three or four areas I’d like to apply for a bursary in (photography, an attempt at a literary novel, that climate change trilogy that I want to try my hand at, and a YA fantasy thing so I might someday get to finish writing ANGLES. Cast the net wide, right? :)). I’ve got 2/3rds of the writing done for the literary thing, enough of ANGLES done, no idea what it would take to apply for a photography bursary (need to look that up) and absolutely nothing on the climate change thing. Obviously the smart thing to do would’ve been work on some or all of those apps over the past few months, except mostly for the last few months I’ve been going “blblblbl” instead of being productive. So now I’m left with six weeks to do those and write a book, and as usual, it’s the book, which someone is actually *going* to pay me for, which takes precedence. Maybe I can get *one* of the grant applications done…

And in the meantime, today for some reason is one of those days where I feel like I need a big mug of coffee, nevermind the fact that the closest I come to caffeinated beverages is hot chocolate.

Mghlg. Okay. Slogging to work now. Mglgh.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: groggymglglgh
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on December 11th, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
My suggestion? See what details, if any, of the various apps overlap. (Things like personal info likely don't change much from app to app.) Then, figure out what does need to be individualized. You can then figure out which app needs the most and which needs the least input from you and prioritize so that you're working on the most complete/easiest. Hopefully that way you minimize doubling up on your work from app to app, and you might get more than one out, but you'd certainly get out the one for which you've got the most completed. And, spending an afternoon doing all the set up work for that would hopefully leave you with less hanging over your head and pecking away at you while you write, so you don't lose time wibbling about how you should be doing this or that or the other thing. :)

I recognize that this advice is easy to give and that I, despite knowing this is a good plan of attack, have never actually managed to put it into action either, so. :)
kitmizkit on December 11th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
all 3 writing ones would essentially overlap with a minimum of language changes, really. I probably won't get to the photography thing at all, not this time around.
irishkateirishkate on December 11th, 2009 05:05 pm (UTC)
um - can't Ted write up a lot of it for you?
kitmizkit on December 11th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Realistically, I'm quite sure he'd be willing to do a rough draft, which I would probably then rewrite so completely I might as well do it from scratch. :)
irishkateirishkate on December 11th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Control freak - this is why you can't have a personal assistant.
kitmizkit on December 11th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC)


Wolf Lahtiwolflahti on December 11th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Mmmm! Cocoa!